Dr. Dre Says “Under Pressure” Leak Unfinished
Dr. Dre has verified the leak of his Detox first single “Under Pressure” is unmastered and remains a work in progress.
A little over 2 minutes in length, “Under Pressure” leaked Wednesday (June 16) and featured a noticeable sample of Kraftwerk’s “Trans Euro Express,” no chorus, two Dre verses and one from Jay-Z.
“I want to set the record straight for everybody who’s been waiting to hear my music,” Dre posted on Interscope’s official website. “The song that’s on the internet is an incomplete song that I’m still working on. When it’s ready, you’ll be hearing it from me.”
In April, Dr. Dre and Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine confirmed the song would be Detox’s lead single.
“Under Pressure” was also expected to debut by the end of that month, but was pushed back to make way for Eminem’s upcoming Recovery LP.
Renowned by his production work on classic albums like The Chronic and Doggystyle, Dr. Dre revealed the German-based band Kraftwerk as a strong inspiration for his latest album.
Kraftwerk songs have been sampled consistently since Hip-Hop’s inception, ranging from pioneers such as Afrika Bambaata (“Planet Rock”) and the Fearless Four (“Rockin’ It”), to De La Soul (“Ghetto Thang”) and Jay-Z (“It’s Alright”).
“I'm just keeping my ear to the concrete,” Dre explained this past Spring. “I've been listening to a lot of old 60s and 70s music. Things like Kraftwerk and Parliament Funkadelic. I've really been listening to a lot of Kraftwerk… Kraftwerk had a really big inspiration on the beginning of Hip-Hop. My tastes change with the season. Right now it's Kraftwerk. I'll see what happens this summer."
In 2009 Dr. Dre was the victim of early leaks when two songs featuring Nas and T.I. (“Topless,” “s**tPopped Off”) hit the internet before Dre could add his vocals.
At press time, Detox is still tentatively scheduled to be released this year.